More than 200 people attended Network VEKA’s Black Tie Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony. Held at Eastwood Hall Nottingham, the organisation was pleased to welcome eight new member companies to the event.
The evening was hosted by Network VEKA’s Brand Ambassador Steve Davis and began with a champagne reception. This was followed by an audience with the Six-Times World Snooker Champion, who answered questions from the audience about his snooker career and his time in the ‘I’m a Celebrity’ Jungle.
Network VEKA MD John Ogilvie was delighted to join Steve Davis in announcing some exciting new initiatives for 2015 as well as naming the evening’s award winners. Regional winners are decided based on the collated feedback of nearly 16,000 households across Britain and Ireland – every single customer of every member company, for the whole year.
John says: “It’s always a pleasure to see member companies stand up to receive their awards. The standards we set for our membership are so high that we know every single member company is offering their customers exceptional quality and service. This means the award winners have beaten the best of the best to claim their trophy. They should all be very proud of themselves!
“I think it’s fair to say that Thistle Windows and Conservatories deserves a special mention. The results not only proved the home improvements provider to be the Overall National Winner for the 2nd year in a row, but also the Regional Winner for Scotland – for the 13th time! With more than £5m Network VEKA sales registered and the highest aggregate score, Thistle has certainly set the benchmark for next year’s awards.
“We’re already looking forward to celebrating next year’s AGM and Awards Ceremony, which will be hosted by Steve Davis once again, and will be held in Stratford upon Avon in March.”
After the awards, attendees enjoyed a four-course meal and danced to a live band until the early hours. Charity envelopes were collected on the night and a generous £600 was raised for The British Legion.
The full list of winners runs as follows:
This is the company who, in the opinion of the judges, best recognised the benefits coming from Network VEKA membership. They enthusiastically embrace and actively use the Network VEKA brand alongside their own to grow sales in the domestic sector, while promoting Assure on the trade side to win and retain installers.
Frames and Conservatories Direct
Embracing and promotion of the Network VEKA Brand
The judges praised the company who ‘continue to wholeheartedly embrace the Network VEKA brand using it alongside their own in regional advertising and radio campaigns and in-store promotions. They have invested in their new website including a range of web tools and rebranded their showroom, with sales during the period up nearly 30%.’
AWC Windows and Home Improvements
A company bought by new owners a few years back that ‘recognised their market and the way their customers do business were changing. They effectively re-launched themselves in conjunction with the Network VEKA brand investing in web enhancements, vehicle graphics, window badges and more to grow business by over 25%.’
Rugby Double Glazing
Regional awards for customer satisfaction:
Ireland – Betterhomes
Scotland – Thistle Windows and Conservatories
Wales – For the first time in the history of the Network VEKA awards there was nothing to separate two companies so the joint winners were – Ffenestri Kevin Thomas and MPN Windows
North East and Yorkshire – David Brunskill Windows
North West – Cheadle Glass Company
Midlands – Goliath Homeworld
Western England – Shane Howells
Central England – Lewington and Son
Eastern England – Prestige Glazing Services
South East – Oakwood Windows
Southern England – KJM Group
South West – Heavers of Bridport
Overall winner – Thistle Windows and Conservatories